A new Superman has been crowned in South African cricket — his name is Temba Bavuma.
Not since Jonty Rhodes had run out Pakistan’s Inzamam Ul-Haq at the 1992 World Cup was there such a hype over a run out involving a Protea.
On Sunday, Bavuma showed incredible skill to run out Australia’s danger man Dave Warner to get the ball rolling as the Proteas look to bury their hosts in the first Test at the Waca.
South Africa completed a stunning turnaround on the weekend after a poor start to the Test saw them bowled out for 242 in the first innings.
With the Aussies getting off to a good start, SA bounced back by removing them for 244 in their first innings.
Then they really started to take the game away from their hosts, scoring 540/8 declared in their second innings.
JP Duminy (141) and Dean Elgar (127) put on a commanding partnership, before Quinton de Kock (64), Vernon Philander (73) and Keshav Maharaj (41*) made useful runs down the order.
The winning target of 539 was always going to be a challenge for the hosts.
But with Dale Steyn ruled out with a shoulder injury, South Africa’s bowling resources are limited.
As long as Warner was at the crease, the Aussies would have fancied their chances.
The hosts got off to a decent enough start, as Warner and Shaun Marsh put on 52 for the first wicket.
That’s when Bavuma entered the fray and picked his teammates up with an acrobatic, quick fling at the stumps that caught Warner (35) short.
Four balls later, Kagiso Rabada (3/49) had Marsh (15) caught as the Aussies went from 52/0 to 52/2.
Rabada then also had skipper Steve Smith and Adam Voges caught behind to leave the Aussies reeling at 169/4 at stumps on Day Four, still trailing by 371.